2015 Parducci True Grit Reserve Chardonnay

2013 Parducci True Grit Reserve Red

2015 Parducci True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

(This is based on samples provided by the winery or an entity acting on their behalf)




About Parducci and Mendocino Wine Company


This years marks Parducci Wine Cellar’s 85th anniversary, the longest running winery in Mendocino County.  The Thornhill family own and operate the winery, as with any family owned business, dedication to the land and people associated with the operation is the number one priority.  For example, the head winemaker, Bob Swain, is celebrating his 20th year in the position.


The Thornhill family continues the tradition of sustainable wine growing and land use practices.  They have created an example for how to leave the world a little better than they found it.  In recognition of their leadership, the State of California three times (2007, 2009 & 2014) awarded Parducci Wine Cellars with the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California’s highest environmental honor.




“Boldly expressive of rich character, True Grit RESERVE wines are the product of very selective fruit sourcing and hands-on winemaking.  Each vintage gives the full range of expression for a fearlessly distinct wine.”


The True Grit line of reserve wines use only the best fruit from the finest vineyards in Mendocino County.  This is the 10th vintage for the True Grit Reserve line of wines.



Here is my line up for this tasting:

True Grit Lineup

True Grit Lineup



2015 Parducci True Grit Reserve Chardonnay – SRP $17.99

This wine is 100% Mendocino County grown Chardonnay.  The wine was aged in 93% new French oak and 7% stainless steel tanks.


The wine is a straw yellow color.  The sexy nose has apples, pears, dead wood embers, lemon zest, spring flowers and a touch of spicy oak.  This has medium body with crisp acidity and a slightly creamy mouth feel.  This has nice upfront white fruit and spicy oak with spring flowers and a bit of charred wood coming in later.  The crisp and lingering finish is highlighted with mouthwatering lemon zest.  This has the body and acidity to be a very nice accompaniment to a wide range of dishes.  I’m not a big fam of oaky Chardonnay wines but in this case the spicy oak provides nice depth and spice without stealing the spotlight from the bright fruit.  This has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (91 pts)

2015 Parducci Chardonnay True Grit Reserve

2015 Parducci True Grit Reserve Chardonnay




2013 Parducci True Grit Reserve Red – SRP $19.99

This is a red blend that uses some decidedly “outside the box” varietals.  This is a blend of 29% Carignan, 28% Zinfandel, 16% Grenache,  10% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 4% Souzão, 2% Tinto Cão and 2% Touriga Nacional.  The grapes are 100% from Mendocino County.  The wine was aged for 12 months in 40% seasoned oak barrels and 60% neutral tanks.


The wine is a deep purple color.  The mysterious nose has plums, black cherries, tobacco, crushed stone minerals, dark chocolate, blueberries, baking spices, coconut and dry underbrush.  This has medium to full body with moderate ripe tannins and nice acidity.  On the palate dark fruit, tobacco, baking spices and tobacco jump out on the front end with dark chocolate, blueberries and dry underbrush coming in later.  The finish has nice length with dark chocolate and a touch of coconut providing depth.  This is a fairly big and bold wine that would go nicely with something hot off the grill.  I wouldn’t stash this in the cellar, open this over the next few years and enjoy the dark fruit and spice.  This has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (90 pts)

2013 Parducci True Grit Reserve Red

2013 Parducci True Grit Reserve Red




2015 Parducci True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – SRP $19.99

This 100% Mendocino wine includes 1% Petit Verdot.  The wine was aged for 6 months in French oak, 35% new.


The wine is a deep maroon color.  The expressive nose has cassis, scorched earth, cherry, eucalyptus, freshly ground espresso beans, chalky minerals, dark chocolate and a touch of licorice.  This has medium to full body with moderate to solid tannins and good acidity.  On the palate cassis, chalky minerals, espresso beans and scorched earth quickly jump out on the front end with cherry and dark chocolate coming in on the back end.  The finish has nice length with scorched earth and chalky minerals moving into the foreground with the fruit in the background providing nice supporting sweetness.  This could use a bit of time in the cellar or some air and a nice piece of grilled meat.  This is a very nice bottle of Cabernet for around $20.  This has 14.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork.  (92 pts)

2015 Parducci Cabernet Sauvignon True Grit Reserve

2015 Parducci True Grit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon





These are all very nice, well balanced wines that are reasonably priced.  Any would be a welcome addition to your dinner table.





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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.



Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but always check out the sale and close out items when in a store.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.



All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.